Wait, a Disney movie that doesn’t involve “Star Wars,” Marvel, Pixar, a sequel, or remake? Yes, original films still happen at the mouse house from time to time, and the latest is “Zootopia.” Granted, an animated movie with talking animals isn’t exactly reinventing the wheel, but it looks like a neat premise executed with some heart.
Co-directed by Byron Howard (“Tangled,” “Bolt”) and Rich Moore (“Wreck-It Ralph,” “The Simpsons”), and featuring the voices of Ginnifer Goodwin, Jason Bateman, Shakira, Idris Elba, J.K. Simmons, Nate Torrence, Jenny Slate, Tommy Chong, Octavia Spencer, Bonnie Hunt, Don Lake, Alan Tudyk, Tommy “Tiny” Lister, Raymond Persi, Katie Lowes, Jesse Corti, and John DiMaggio, the story follows a bunny who has to prove herself as a cop by solving a big case. Here’s the synopsis:
The modern mammal metropolis of Zootopia is a city like no other. Comprised of habitat neighborhoods like ritzy Sahara Square and frigid Tundratown, it’s a melting pot where animals from every environment live together—a place where no matter what you are, from the biggest elephant to the smallest shrew, you can be anything. But when rookie Officer Judy Hopps (voice of Ginnifer Goodwin) arrives, she discovers that being the first bunny on a police force of big, tough animals isn’t so easy. Determined to prove herself, she jumps at the opportunity to crack a case, even if it means partnering with a fast-talking, scam-artist fox, Nick Wilde (voice of Jason Bateman), to solve the mystery.
“Zootopia” opens on March 4, 2016. Watch below, and yes, that is a new Shakira song, “Try Everything,” you are hearing in the spot.